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Christo’s: Where Hot Chicken Meets the Hype

Located in a questionable-looking plaza on Exmouth St., Christo’s has earned its reputation as the go-to spot for Nashville Hot Chicken aficionados.
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Christo’s Nashville Hot Chicken. (Sarnia Nibbles photo)

Located in a questionable-looking plaza on Exmouth St., Christo’s has earned its reputation as the go-to spot for Nashville Hot Chicken aficionados. But does it live up to the hype?

By: Sarnia Nibbles

First and foremost, it's evident that the kitchen at Christo’s is staffed by more than your average line cooks. These are experienced chefs who've mastered the art of crafting a Nashville Hot Chicken that's nothing short of exceptional. Opting for the medium spice level, I found it to be a perfect amount of both heat and flavour. The chicken itself, a succulent revelation, came adorned with pickles and a fresh slaw.

Christo’s in Sarnia. (Sarnia Nibbles photo)

The pickles aren't an afterthought – they bring a refreshing, tangy kick that complements the fiery chicken beautifully. As for the slaw, it's crisp and crunchy, adding a delightful textural contrast to each bite. The bun was toasted to a golden perfection, and it provides a dependable foundation for the star attraction.

Yet, what truly distinguishes Christo’s is their secret weapon: hot chili oil. This isn't just a garnish; it's a game-changer. As you sink your teeth into that crispy, juicy chicken, the chili oil-infused coating delivers waves of flavour-packed heat. It's an addictive quality that beckons you for more, even as your taste buds tingle with intensity.

It’s evident that Christo’s prides itself on efficiency. Don't expect elaborate table service; they get the job done with a straightforward approach. Although seating is limited – just four seats – I'd recommend savouring your Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich right there in the restaurant. Why? Because freshness is paramount, and you'll want to experience the flavours at their peak. I can imagine that boxing it up and eating it to go makes it a little less special.

But let's not forget about the supporting act: the Christo’s Fries. These are not your run-of-the-mill fries. They're lavishly smothered in slow-cooked chili, rich sour cream, and an authentic-style queso sauce. Crowned with jalapenos and green onions, they provide a lively kick to the ensemble.

Portion size is worth noting. It's generous – so much so that I couldn't possibly finish it all in one go. But who's complaining when you're getting a mountain of delectable fare for your money?

The Nashville Hot Chicken, bursting with flavour and quality, is priced at a wallet-friendly $12.99. In a dining landscape where costs can escalate rapidly, this is a breath of fresh air.

Christo’s in Sarnia. (Sarnia Nibbles photo)

In conclusion, Christo's isn't just another pizza joint; it's a testament to authenticity that truly stands out. From the skilled chefs in the kitchen to the mouthwatering flavours on your plate, every aspect of this place pays homage to the spicy, flavourful roots of Nashville Hot Chicken. So, if you're ready to savour bold, fiery flavours, Christo's is the place to be. Bring your appetite!


Sarnia Nibbles is a long-time downtown resident of Sarnia, with an insatiable love for food. They came to life on Instagram as a delicious extension of a personal love affair with food, drink, and the vibrant local community. The creator aims to capture the essence of Sarnia’s food scene, showcasing hidden gems, time-honoured favourites, and stories behind the dishes that make this city a gastronomic treasure trove. Sarnia Nibbles prides themselves on honestly, including the good, the bad, the delicious, and the disgusting in their reviews.

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